According to media reports, the leaders of the ruling party’s student front enrolled in the master of tax management (MTM), an evening program designed for professionals, after the polls schedule for the university’s central student body was announced on February 11
In gross violation of university rules, at least 34 Chhatra League leaders enrolled at a post-graduation course at Dhaka University (DU), but the dean of the faculty concerned claimed their admission process was “fair.”
According to media reports, the leaders of the ruling party’s student front enrolled in the master of tax management (MTM), an evening program designed for professionals, after the polls schedule for the university’s central student body was announced on February 11.
However, the entry test for the course was held on November 30, the admission circular said, substantiating that the Chhatra League leaders enrolled at the course around two months and a half after the entrance exam.
The central student body — Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) — went to polls on March 11, leading to seven of the said Chhatra League leaders to be elected to different posts.
Another Chhatra League leader, who is among those admitted defying the admission rules, was elected at a Hall Union.
Guidelines of the professional masters program (evening) passed in the DU syndicate meeting on December 20, 2015, states candidates must have two years of practical experience other than the minimum academic results.
After a written test, the primarily selected candidates are to attend a viva-voce, for final selection.
But Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, dean of business faculty that conducts the program, violated the admission procedure as he allowed the 34 Chhatra League leaders to be enrolled without any entrance admission.
Briefing reporters on Tuesday at his faculty, Rubayat claimed that there is a provision in the admission process for candidates to enroll in the evening courses of the faculty.
Those obtaining an honours or a masters degree from the university, can enjoy the provision, he added.
“Such candidates have to sit for a verbal test only. Even issuing an admission circular is not mandatory for such programs,” he furthered.
The dean, nevertheless, said the provision was not mentioned in the circular, but will be available in the next circulars.
Interestingly, he could not show any written copy of the very provision he claimed exists.
Rubayat further said that the decision was taken at a meeting of the heads of departments of the business faculty but could not confirm when the meeting took place.
Asked if the provision was approved by the academic council or university’s syndicate, he said: “We do not need to approach the syndicate or academic council to change rules of such evening courses as the faculty conducts them on its own.”
Rubayat said: “All politically affiliated students come to us at different times, requesting us to give them chance to study. This is nothing new. Such candidates have long been grabbing the chance, by enrolling at evening courses.”
The faculty and the National Board of Revenue jointly launched the course in mid-2017, when Rubayat was the course director and his deputy was Abdullah Al Masud.
When contacted, Prof Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, former chairman of accounting and information systems department, said: “It is mandatory to inform the academic council first and then to the syndicate when any changes to admission or exam rules are made.
“This is applicable for both regular and evening courses,” he said, adding, the admission rules are uniform at all faculties.
Referring to the reported meeting of the heads of departments under the faculty, he said: “Departmental heads cannot amend any university rule, in such a manner.”
Protests pour in
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, and quota reformation activists separately protested on the university campus yesterday.
They also demanded DU Vice Chancellor Prof Akhtaruzzaman and Rubayat’s resignation over the scam.
Transparency International Bangladesh, expressed its concern over the controversial admission process, calling for a fair probe into the allegation and stricter legal action against those responsible.
Terming the incident “suicidal,” the graft watchdog urged the DU authorities to stop such scams involving people with political affiliation.